Galway International Arts Festival

Work has already begun on the programme for the 2019 Galway International Arts Festival, which will take place from 15-28 July 2019. 

Festival 2019

Five headliners for Galway International Arts Festival's iconic marquee music venue, the Heineken Big Top, have already been revealed. During the first weekend of GIAF19, Bell X1 will perform Friday 19 July and The Academic will take the stage on Saturday 20 July. Monday 22 July is your chance to catch the legendary Burt Bacharach live in concert. The next weekend, Two Door Cinema Club will perform on Friday 26 July followed by ORBITAL on Satuday 27 July.

More programme announcements coming soon! Keep up with GIAF19 updates by following the Festival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and subscribing to the GIAF newsletter.

Festival 2018

The 41st Galway International Arts Festival came to a close on Sunday 29th July 2018, following two weeks of rave reviews and record-breaking attendance and box office.

Over 600 participating artists from all over the world enthralled audiences attending performances, talks, concerts, street events and exhibitions, resulting in a record-breaking attendance of 252,748.  Meanwhile, 145,000 people flocked to the new Festival Garden on Eyre Square, which proved a huge hit with locals and visitors who enjoyed al-fresco drinks and dining and occasional pop-up performances with guest artists.

Rave reviews flooded in for the world premiere of the Festival’s production of Incantata by Paul Muldoon, co-produced with Jen Coppinger.  The Irish Examiner described the new production as ‘a remarkable piece of theatre’, The Guardian called it ‘visually stunning’, while The Sunday Independent called Stanley Townsend’s performance ‘electrifying’.

The Irish National Opera and United Fall production Orfeo ed Euridice, in association with GIAF, was critically acclaimed as ‘an opera of intense, crisp energy’ by The Irish Times, while The Independent described the Emma Martin directed production, which was conducted by Peter Whelan, an ‘extravaganza’. The production will go on a nationwide tour in 2019.

Watch our festival highlights video below.  


Festival 2018 Reviews

Flight Network named Galway Interntional Arts Festival as one of Europe’s Top 20 Art and Culture Festivals in 2018

American Express Essentials called it One of the Top 20 Theatre Festivals Around the World

GIAF on Tour

Enda Walsh's 'haunting and beautiful' Rooms series, produced by Galway International Arts Festival, will be presented as one for the first time by The Barbican, London 11-19 April 2019. Book tickets and find out more here.

Grief is the Thing with Feathers starring Cillian Murphy and adapted and directed by Enda Walsh, presented by Complicité and Wayward Productions in association with Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival, premiered in Galway in March 2018 before going on to the O'Reilly Theatre in Dublin. Tickets for both runs were completely sold out. Find out more here

Ballyturk, the Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival co-production, written and directed by Tony Award-winning playwright Enda Walsh, had its US premiere at St. Ann’s Warehouse, New York from 9-28 January, 2018. Read what the critics had to say here

Woyzeck in Winter, our Landmark Productions co-production starring Camille O’Sullivan, Patrick O’Kane, Rosaleen Linehan and Peter Coonan, finished its run at The Barbican in London in September 2017 and also played as part of the 2017 Dublin Theatre Festival in October, continuing GIAF’s strategy of touring new work. The production is nominated for six Irish Times Theatre Awards. Read the reviews here